By Erik Marcus
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A weekly series of stimulating conversations featuring the most influential voices from the vegetarian and animal protection world. This podcast is hosted by Erik Marcus, author of Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, & Money, and Vegan: the New Ethics of Eating.
||VegTalk: Nathan Runkle on Conklin Dairy Farms Investigation||Mercy For Animals founder Nathan Runkle is my guest on today’s podcast. We talk about this past week’s shocking video investigation of Ohio’s Conklin Dairy, and how you can get involved to stamp out this sort of viciousness. You can witn||5/27/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||VegTalk Podcast: Dara Lovitz on the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act||Attorney Dara Lovitz joins me for today’s podcast, in which we discuss the federal government’s persecution of nonviolent animal advocates, and its bizarre interpretation of the word “terrorism.” We also spend some time conversing||5/24/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||VegTalk Podcast: Doug Stanhope||And now for something completely different: a podcast featuring comedian Doug Stanhope. Although we spend several minutes talking about animal issues, mostly our conversation veers far from this series’ usual theme. Doug is hands down my favorite co||3/24/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||VegTalk: Paul Shapiro on Ohioans for Humane Farms||HSUS Factory Farming Campaigns director Paul Shapiro joins me on today’s podcast to discuss Ohio’s newly-launched Prop 2-style ballot initiative. As Paul says in this interview, in many respects this campaign could impact far more animals than||3/3/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||Vegan.com Podcast: Jonathan Safran Foer on Eating Animals||It’s the last Vegan.com podcast of 2009, and we’re going out with a bang. Jonathan Safran Foer joins me for a 42-minute podcast in which we discuss how to engage people on the subject of animal farming. Jonathan’s outstanding book Eating||12/14/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Paul Shapiro on Bushway Investigation and Ohio Issue 2||Two big pieces of farmed animal news happened this past week, and HSUS’ Paul Shapiro joins me on today’s podcast to share his take on things. We begin by discussing the HSUS undercover investigation that occurred at the Bushway veal calf slaug||11/4/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||VegTalk Podcast: Paul Shapiro on Michigan and Ohio||HSUS factory farming campaigns senior director Paul Shapiro joins me for today’s podcast. We discuss the soon-to-be-signed bill in Michigan that will outlaw battery cages, veal crates, and gestation crates. Paul’s now turning his attention to||10/3/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||VegTalk: Nathan Runkle on the Hy-Line Hatchery Investigation||Nathan Runkle, founder of Mercy For Animals, joins me for today’s podcast. We discuss MFA’s investigation of Iowa’s Hy-Line hatchery: the fallout from the video, the company’s inept response, and how you can use social networking s||9/10/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||VegTalk Podcast: Erica Meier on Dunkin’ Cruelty||Today’s VegTalk podcast features Erica Meier of Compassion Over Killing. Erica and I discuss the group’s efforts to get Dunkin’ Donuts to commit to ridding its products of eggs. COK has set up a website offering information about the cam||8/6/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||VegTalk: Paul Shapiro on Ohio and Michigan||I’m back with my first VegTalk podcast in more than two months. Paul Shapiro, the Senior Director of HSUS’ Factory Farming Campaign, joins me and we discuss agribusiness’ sleazy efforts to codify cruel farming practices in Ohio and Michi||7/23/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||VegTalk Podcast: Paul Shapiro on Maine’s Crate Ban||Just hours after winning a major victory in Maine, that will abolish veal and gestation crates, HSUS factory farming campaigns director Paul Shapiro has joined me for today’s VegTalk podcast. In addition to discussing Maine, we talk about prospects||5/13/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||VegTalk Podcast: Mahi Klosterhalfen and the End of the Battery Cage||I’m thrilled to welcome German animal protection activist Mahi Klosterhalfen back to today’s show. Mahi has been instrumental in pushing Germany to abandon battery cages, and to leap to cage-free as the new minimum standard for raising layer h||4/15/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rip Esselstyn Interview — The Engine 2 Diet||I’m thrilled to welcome Rip Esselstyn, author of The Engine 2 Diet, to today’s VegTalk podcast. We talk about all the advantages his plan has to offer in terms of weight loss, disease prevention, and athletic performance. I also urge you to ch||2/27/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||VegTalk Podcast: Paul Shapiro on the Post Prop 2 Era||Paul Shapiro, Senior Director of HSUS’ factory farming campaign, was kind enough to join me for today’s show. Now that California’s Prop 2 has passed, we discuss the opportunities it has opened up for future animal protection efforts. To||2/20/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||VegTalk Podcast – Victor Sjodin on Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone||I’m back with my first podcast in nearly two months, and I’m joined by Victor Sjodin of Vegan Outreach. Victor passed out an astonishing 100,000+ brochures for Vegan Outreach this past autumn, and we talk about his experiences and how others c||1/21/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||VegTalk: Matt Ball and Jennifer Fearing||It’s been almost two months since my last podcast, so I’m back with another show featuring two first-time guests. To start, I welcome Matt Ball, cofounder of Vegan Outreach. We talk about effective leafletting and Vegan Outreach’s record||11/25/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||VegTalk Podcast: Prop 2 – The Final Month||Could California really ban battery cages, veal crates, and pig gestation crates? Paul Shapiro joins me in this month’s podcast to discuss the situation. If you want to donate or volunteer, please check out the Yes On Prop 2 website. Today’s s||10/2/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Paul Shapiro Update on Prop 2||Today we’re just two months from Election Day, and I’m joined by Paul Shapiro for today’s VegTalk podcast. Paul gives us the shocking, scarcely believable news that factory farming interests are resorting to underhanded tactics to torped||9/4/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||VegTalk: Joe Espinosa on Adopting Colleges||2008 Henry Spira Grassroots Animal Activist Award winner Joe Espinosa joins me for today’s VegTalk podcast. Joe takes us through the ins and out of Vegan Outreach’s Adopt a College program, which I consider to be perhaps the most effective act||8/28/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||VegTalk Podcast Featuring Megan McArdle||I am extremely fortunate to be joined by Megan McArdle for this week’s VegTalk podcast. Megan is an Associate Editor of The Atlantic, which hosts her daily blog. Our conversation today explores how observing the public debate over various political||8/21/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Allison Burgess of Match Premium Vegan Meats||In response to requests that I do some podcasts featuring entrepreneurs in the vegan world, this week’s VegTalk podcast features Allison Burgess of Match Premium Vegan Meats. We talk about creating a business for the purpose of protecting animals, a||8/14/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Isa Chandra Moskowitz on Portland, Salt, and Brunch||On this week’s VegTalk podcast, Isa Chandra Moskowitz joins me for a conversation about her Portland experiences and her forthcoming full-color brunch cookbook. Isa’s been the best-selling vegan cookbook author for the past few years, starting||8/7/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clay Shirky Interview||Clay Shirky joins me for this week’s show. Clay is the author of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. If you’re serious about advocating for animal protection, I consider this book required reading. In todayR||7/31/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Paul Shapiro on Prop 2 and the $20/20 Campaign||Because of my move to Santa Cruz, my main computer was in boxes so I had to take a month off podcasting. But I’m now restarting my VegTalk podcasts, posted each Thursday, and Paul Shapiro, the Senior Director of HSUS’ factory farming campaign,||7/24/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Listener Interviews||Today I break with the usual VegTalk podcast format and instead interview three of my listeners. The show features talks with Ryan from Pennyslvania, Mahi Klosterhalfen from Germany, and Amanda from Illinois. Of special note is my interview with Mahi, who||6/26/08||Free||View In iTunes|
Good Idea, less chatting
Veg info is a great idea. Many of us would like to keep up on veg issues, and any helpful info. Erik, you sound like a dedicated and nice person, but the beginning of each issue is way too chatty and would probably cause new listeners to click off. Better to 'hit the ground running' with the content of what's to come and fire up interest right from the start. May I gently suggest that the personal asides, comments are an uneccessary digression? Keep tweaking it. I look forward to more and interesting podcasts! Thank you.
im a vegetarian and i love the effort you are putting forth to tell people across the world about a vegan/vegetarian diet and lifestyle. we need to tell people how bad eating meat is and how horrible animals are treated. to improve, i think you could make the beginings of your podcasts a little more interesting just to catch the attention of people who do not agree with you. GOOD WORK!! im proud to be a fellow vegetarian with you!
Informative podcast for everyone
I love VegTalk. I'm not a vegetarian (yet) but because of Erik's work, I've learned things about the meat industry that I didn't want to know but needed to hear. I am now 70% vegetarian - almost there! Erik presents an intelligent podcast that anyone - vegetarian, vegan, meat-eater - can appreciate and learn from without being condescending, radical, or fanatical. Thanks for your great work, Erik!